Between Silences: The Coronation of Portuguese Medieval Kings (12th–14th Centuries)

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The coronations of Portugal’s first dynasty constitute a complex topic. Approaching the theme requires understanding that an omission of words in written documentation can both affirm and deny possibilities. Likewise, visual documentation, such as illuminations, sculptures and other figurative arts, is scarce, raising a significant number of questions and thus is not trustworthy as a historical source. For this reason, the study of Portuguese coronations is filled with questions and silences. Art does not testify to these ceremonies, but shows that Portuguese kings valued regalia pertaining to both religious and secular ceremonies affirming their power, and that those insignias were different from those used by French or English kings in the same time period. In this study, I will use art, particularly funerary sculpture, but also objects with iconographic value, to demonstrate how these reflect elements of thought and the emotional pulsar of the various European societies that produced them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • Portuguese kings
  • cathedral
  • regaliae
  • statues
  • tomb sculpture
  • coronation


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